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Mine own dear lady fair and free / I pray you in heart…
A Lover’s Plea — three quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Thei Y singe & murthes make / It is not Y wolde’
Subjects: lover’s plea; carols, amorous
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Gonville & Caius College 383/603, p. 210
First Lines:
Myn owne dere ladi fair & f[re]
y pray ow in herte ȝe ruwen on me…
Last Lines:
…noun so wel may do myn nede
a womman so me tolde
Note: 3 x 4, aaab, plus burden, cb: ‘Þei y synge & murþ I make / it is not y wolde’. Musical notation.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 300; 1977, 269.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 13-14.
Stemmler, Theo. Medieval English Love-Lyrics. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1970: 85.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 38-9.